1880s

The Statue of Liberty unveiled (1886)

Liberty Unveiled America Accepts the Gift of the French People A city afloat hid in fog And a Million or So of People Ashore Making Holiday in the Wet The giant statue shrouded in mists like a m... Read more...

Brooklyn Bridge opens (1883)

The big bridge open Two cities join in making a mammoth holiday Brooklyn in a gale of festival from dawn to midnight The president's walk across the bridge with cannon accompaniement from forts and ships ... Read more...

Cocaine-laced Coca Cola introduced (1886)

Originally marketed as a health drink, Coca Cola was said to cure everything from migraine (aka "sick headache") to depression. And no wonder -- for its first 17 years of existence, Coca-Cola actually contained... Read more...

Statue of Liberty construction (1886)

Liberty Enlightening the World: The Statue of Liberty's construction Lady Liberty's face is seen here on Liberty Island, waiting to be installed:   Head of Statue of Liberty on display in park in ... Read more...

Macy’s in NYC (1883)

R H Macy & Co: Grand Central Fancy and Dry Goods Establishment 4th Street, 6th Avenue, & 13th Street, New York City. The above cut represents our Restaurant, which is situated on second floor, centr... Read more...

NYC during the Great Blizzard of 1888

Image courtesy of the Brooklyn Museum   The Great Blizzard of 1888 lasted from March 11 through March 14, 1888, and is considered to be one of the most severe recorded blizzards in American history.... Read more...

No more rabies (1885)

No more hydrophobia! No more mad dogs! Dr Louis Pasteur’s experiments have resulted in a most brilliant success at perhaps the most important sitting held by the academy of sciences.

Finding a piece of the past: PJ Clarke’s in NYC

It’s not often you can discover long-lost information about a venerable institution like New York City’s PJ Clarke’s. Really — how much more could there be left to learn about a place that’s already a piece of living history?

Cocaine as a cure-all (1885)

Cocaine as a cure-all The seed of caution in the application of so powerful an agent Cocaine is becoming one of the popular remedies of the day. Its function of allaying the sensibility of the nerves of muc... Read more...

Do you remember rolling hoops? (1961)

Below is an article published in 1961, reminiscing about the popular toys of long ago: rolling hoops and sticks. Do you remember? by Helen T Bartschat Rolling hoops There are the days we have been w... Read more...

The romance of antique photos (1977)

The romance of old photos Vintage nineteenth-century photographs are the current delight and sensation of the art world. When old prints are put up for sale in auction houses in London, New York or Los An... Read more...

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